Fifth annual Notre Dame Day will launch April 22

Author: Notre Dame News

The University of Notre Dame family will come together on campus and around the world Sunday-Tuesday April 22-24 to celebrate the fifth annual Notre Dame Day.

The celebration will launch at 18:42 (6:42 p.m. EDT), referencing the University’s founding year, on April 22 and end at 12:11 a.m. April 24. The 29-hour live broadcast from Duncan Student Center will feature inspiring and entertaining Notre Dame stories from around the world through interviews, performances and appearances by celebrity guests. It also provides members of the Notre Dame family the opportunity to give back to areas of the University through an online fundraising competition.

Notre Dame Day will feature interviews and performances with students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni and others who are living out the mission of Notre Dame. The broadcast team will be led by alumna and Board of Trustees member Anne Thompson from NBC News; Mike Golic and Mike Golic Jr. from ESPN; two Super Bowl Champions — Joe Theismann and Ryan Harris; and a number of broadcasters from the South Bend area and beyond.

Highlights of the more than 200 live interviews and 40 live performances include a conversation with Masters Champion Patrick Reed; performances from former Celtic Woman artist Chloe Agnew; a performance by four members of the Chicago cast of “Hamilton,” JJ Jeter, Colby Lewis, Brittany Campbell and Aaron Alexander; an interview with Time Magazine’s Person of the Year Lindsay Meyer; and much more.

Current and former Notre Dame athletics standouts participating in Notre Dame Day are NCAA women’s basketball champions Kathryn Westbeld and Jessica Shepard and Portland Trail Blazer Pat Connaughton.

During Notre Dame Day, anyone who makes a minimum $10 gift will receive five votes to cast for the programs at Notre Dame that matter most to them. More than 900 programs are eligible for receiving votes. Votes will determine the percentage of the $1.1 Million Challenge Fund that will be distributed to each area. For more information, read the Notre Dame Day FAQ.

For the first time ever, three TV stations have joined with Notre Dame for what they’re calling “Notre Dame Day in Michiana,” promoting the 31 Notre Dame clubs and organizations directly engaged in the Michiana community.  The stations are WNDU, WSBT and Fox Michiana. All three stations will be live-streaming the Notre Dame Day broadcast on their Facebook pages.

“Notre Dame Day has truly become one of my favorite days of the year,” said Lou Nanni, vice president for University relations. “It’s an exciting 29 hours and a unique opportunity for Notre Dame students, alumni, parents and friends to rally around the dorms, clubs, academic programs, organizations and teams that mean the most to them. ND Day can have a transformative impact on our students, and it is all thanks to the incredible generosity and spirit of the Notre Dame family.” 

The broadcast can be viewed online at

Originally published by Notre Dame News at on April 18, 2018.